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I met god, she’s black

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I met god, he’s gay.

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 I met god, he’s a particle (chemical) like iron and sulfate.

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I met god, and he said

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that someday, when I die, I will laugh at gilded butterflies.

Inspiration and sources: The Butterfly Effect

In 1961 a low-profile assistant in MIT’s department of meteorology, Edward Lorenz created an early computer program to simulate weather. 

One day Lorenz changed one of a dozen numbers representing atmospheric conditions from .506127 to .506. That tiny alteration utterly transformed his long-term forecast, a point Lorenz amplified in his 1972 paper, “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?” [Peter Dizikes, “The Meaning of the Butterfly,” The Boston Globe, June 8, 2008].

Today it’s what we call the Butterfly Effect. A sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change of a deterministic nonlinear system can produce large differences in a later state.

The Butterfly Effect

The first time I ran into a gay man I was in elementary school shopping at the GAP. Mom was sitting outside the dressing room reading a book while I was getting dressed. Stepping outside the room for a final approval I found myself beside a grown man wearing the mommy to my me heart-printed pajama set. A little confused I asked mom why he was wearing women’s clothes and talked what was to me a little funny.

“Well, sometimes men like to women’s cloths.

And sometimes men love men and women love other women too”.

And that was that.

She shrugged her shoulders and went back to her book so shrugged my shoulders and I blew it off too. Whatever. Men can wear women’s cloths.

And love men.

And women can love women too.

The thing about the butterfly effect is that had my mom hesitated or looked over her reading glasses with a decimal point of a different something, my life thus far, the people in it, experiences I’ve had and viewpoints I have, could be a different story.

Originally Butterfly (model with wings): “Wings of Desire” by Alexander McQueen, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue Magazine. 

Jewish Atheist’s Controversial T-Shirt: “I Met God, She’s Black”

About the butterflies: In light of recent events and the continued taking of lives, I brought color to butterflies; wondering, as usual, how different our world be, without the founding butterflies.

Iron and sulfate: The hadal zone, from the Greek word Hades or hell. The Garden of Eden would be recognized as one of the most significant scientific discoveries in human history.

” 20,000 to 35,814 ft. That’s the depth of the hadal zone, the worlds deepest ocean region.

In 1977 Jack Corliss one of the founders of deep-sea scientific research chartered a research vessel off the coast of Ecuador and steamed out two hundred miles to the Galapagos Trench. He began trawling the ocean floor looking for hydrothermal vents, underwater geysers that spew lava, and superheated, chemical rich water from the Earth’s molten core. Hydrothermal vents aren’t exactly easy to find. They’re scattered along deep-sea mountain ranges formed by plate shifts. Together these ranges extend more than forty-six thousand miles.

Until 1977, it was thought that all life required sunlight.

Trees and plants need the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into fuel. Animals eat trees and plants. Even organisms that live deep underground or thousands of feet under the water and never see sunlight rely on the nutrients created by solar energy above. But not these animals. Corliss and his crew had stumbled upon not only a new species, but an entirely new biological system fueled by chemicals. Iron and Sulfate. Scientists called it chemosynthetic life or the Garden of Eden. ”

Nestor, James. “-28,700.” Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, And What The Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 208-11. Print.


Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor

*Remember it’s not his gear, but what his eyes see first.

The model: The model is wearing a set of wings designed by Alexander McQueen; the image was taken by Irving Penn and is called Wings of Desire. I came across Alex’s work  when I was in middle school, thanks to my sister. She came across his work in a magazine and cut out the image she liked hoping to find a similar version for a prom dress (rainbow dress collection 2003). I liked the rainbow dress, but took to my own style (oyster gown collection 2003) and continued to follow him on my own.

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